16 September 2019

Spain: No deal with Italy over migrant ship

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Spain denied Monday the existence of an agreement with Italy to allow a rescue ship with more than 100 migrants to disembark at the island of Mallorca. reports citing Turkish media.

"The only certain thing is that the government of Spain has offered to the Open Arms [is] to be able to go to the Spanish port that is closest in its route and that the Italian executive is breaking the law by preventing the landing of migrants in Lampedusa or any other of its ports close," Spanish daily La Vanguardia cited government sources as saying about allegations by the Proactiva Open Arms NGO, which does searches and rescues at sea.

Riccardo Gatti, the head of Open Arms in Italy, proposed a plan Monday to have the migrants disembark in Catania, Italy and then have them transported to Madrid by plane.

Neither government has responed to the proposal.

"Spain and Italy ultimately assume responsibility for providing support and safe haven for 107 people on board our ship," the group said.

Acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Sunday the port of Algeciras will be enabled to receive the charity vessel.

2019.08.19 / 21:53
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